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Your Mental Environment and Wellbeing
Your mental environment affects your overall wellbeing. By definition, your “environment”– your immediate surroundings, is everything around you that affects you as a living organism.
Your environment – your home, office, car, etc. – affects your body constantly and directly. Your body responds to your environment on many levels by making adjustments in bodily function with hormones and other chemical processes, which obviously affect health.
High-pressure jobs, demanding bosses, overloaded schedules, long commutes, bad traffic, financial problems, etc., are contributing factors to the high level of stress we experience everyday.
Some stress in certain situations is good because it is what motivates us to leap into action. Too much stress, however, can cause emotional imbalance and health problems. High levels of stress cause our brains to release toxins and chemicals that pollute our bodies and can have negative effects, including muscle tension, hair loss, ulcers, impotence and heart disease.
We can’t totally eliminate stress from our lives. But we can learn to moderate it and even prevent it by being aware of our thinking processes and mental state.
It’s not an overnight process—it’s an ongoing practice. The first step is identifying what pushes our buttons. We all have peculiar things that set us off more easily causing us to feel more aggravated than we normally would and leading us to over-react and behave irrationally. Self-awareness can help us modify the way we think about things and adopt a more positive point of view. It also helps us exercise more self-control because we learn to think before we react.
Second, learning to accept that we don’t control others – we can only control ourselves – is an important aspect of letting go. And while we can try changing environmental factors that affect our level of stress, we should not expect to be able to control them. By changing the way we look at things, we can dramatically reduce the toll taken by stress. For example, we can’t control the abusive driver that tailgates us on the highway, but we can control how we react. We can burn with anger and feel threatened and insulted, or we can simply accept that tailgaters exist and not fret about it. The safest and healthiest solution is to move out of the way and let it go.
The power of self-awareness can help us make an objective assessment of the situation and act based on clear thinking, rather than harmful negative emotions.
Finally, we can enhance our bodies’ capacity to resist stress by eating healthy food, exercising regularly, doing fun things and practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga.
You cannot prevent harmful stress by changing the world to be less stressful. You can only do it by changing your mind to be more detached and objective.
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Amira Elgan is an experienced cook, who has created innovative, healthy recipes for more than 20 years. She teaches healthy cooking classes for Whole Foods Market’s Salud! Cooking & Lifestyle School and Sur La Table. Amira is a former top manager of some of the premier dining establishments in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Hollywood, including the Mondrian, Bonaventure and Beverly Wilshire hotels. She is a devout yoga practitioner and healthy organic living and fitness expert with first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is the author and publisher of the Vegetarian Organic Life e-mail newsletter and is currently writing a vegetarian organic cookbook. She is married and has two sons.
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